Grand Traverse Ski Club

GTSC Coaches


Christine Zoutendyk
Director of Coaches

Traverse City is my home town and I grew up on the west-side of town walking to Willow Hill Elementary. I spent my winter’s at Hickory Hills skiing with GTSC and hiking the Olson’s fields in the off seasons. I feel very fortunate to have grow up with Hickory Hills in my backyard.

I attended Traverse City Central High School and was on the High School Ski Team. I was a 3 time Varsity letterman and we won 3 straight State Ski Championships. I also raced USSA on the weekends & spent a few summers on Mt. Hood in Oregon. I spent time in Oregon to get extra time on the snow in the summer because it is a glacier and Ski Teams from around the World train there in their off seasons too. Once I graduated from High School, I moved to Government Camp on Mt. Hood in Oregon to be a camp counselor & worked as a ski technician during the winters for Timberline Lodge.

After four years in Oregon between Mt.Hood, Eugene, Bend, I did a 180 and moved to the Hampton’s on the north-end of Long Island New York. I attended the State University of New York SUNY and studied Fine Arts & Art History. While between semesters I came back to Traverse City for a vacation to see my family; after spending a few weeks with my family on the Old Mission Peninsula I realized how much I had missed it and decided to move back home. When you grow up in such a beautiful place you really take it for granted, even after living in other beautiful places in the United States.

I started coaching for Grand Traverse Ski Club in 1998 and received my 1st Level 1 with USSA, while I studied for my first degree in Visual Communications at NMC. In 2003 I moved to Alden on Torch Lake. In my free time from Short’s Brewing Company, I coached for Antrim Ski Club, Ski Instructed for Shanty Creek Resorts and received my Level 1 with PSIA. I returned back to the Grand Traverse Ski Club in the winter of 2009 and received another Level 1 with USSA in 2014. 2015 was my sweet 16th year coaching and I graduated from NMC with my 2nd degree in Visual Communications. I’m currently a freelance designer and I own my own business called De Z Designs which that keeps me busy in the off season. I’m also a Master Gardner and personal gardener for some of the most beautiful homes in the surrounding area!

My passion is to give back the gift of skiing, a gift someone gave me so many years ago. I realized long ago that skiing is one of the best family sports, something families can do together and it can take them on adventures to amazing places! It is an honor and a privilege for me to work with so many amazing families and ski coaches. I watch these kids grow up way to fast, at this special place in my heart called Hickory Hills.


Austin
Austin Johnson
Head USSA Coach

Austin was born and raised in Traverse City Michigan. He learned to ski right at Hickory Hills and raced with GTSC. Austin raced Nor Am and FIS races. He is an avid mountain biker.

Skiing Since: 1989
Competitive Skiing: 15 years
Ski Coaching: Since 2007
Certifications: CPR, USSA Level 200


 


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Brad Miller

Originally from Clare, Michigan, Brad started skiing (Alpine, XC and Telemark) in 1971 and was an Alpine Racer at Clare High School.  He has raced in 2 pro events and continues to race in all 3 disciplines today.  He started his impressive coaching career in 1979.  Brad has served as a Alpine Head Coach for Suttons Bay, Traverse City Central, Traverse City St. Francis, and Clare High Schools and as an Alpine Coach for GTSC, Holiday Race Team, Elk Rapids High School, Antrim Ski Academy, and Leelanau Ski Club.  He served as Snowsports Director for Timberlee and Sugarloaf and Race Director for GTSC, Sugarloaf, Holiday Race Team, and Shanty Creek Resort.   In addition to coaching at GTSC, Brad has worked on Nubs Nobs Coaching staff for Western and Holiday Camps since 2005 and at Boyne Highlands Snowsports School since 1985.  He has also served as Head Cross Country Coach for Traverse City East Middle and Traverse Heights Elementary Schools and was involved with the GTSC mountain bike program.  Not surprisingly, Brad is a member of the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Hall of Fame.  Brad is a self-employed landscaper and in his free time enjoys riding and racing with the City Bike Shop Race Team, skiing with the VASA ski club, writing and drawing.

Honors & Awards
  • Member of the MHSSCA hall of fame
  • Two time MHSSCA Girls Coach of the Year
  • Two time Co founder of Holiday Race Team (1993 and 2003)
PSIA Qualifications/Involvement
  • PSIA-AASI-C – Current Education Vice President
  • PSIA-AASI- National Education Leadership Committee Current Member
  • PSIA-ASSI Level 3 Alpine ( Former Ed Staff member)
  • PSIA-AASI Level 3 Telemark ( Current Ed Staff Member)
  • PSIA-AASI Level 2 Cross Country
  • PSIA- AASI level 2 Childrens Specialist and current Children’s Specialist Staff member
  • Contributing Writer for “Central Line” www.PSIA-C.org

KatieClark

Katie Clark

  • Traverse City West Sr High (2010), Wellesley College (2014) BA in Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Experience with skiing, racing, coaching, and certifications (USSA level/PSIA level).
  • Grew up skiing at Hickery Hills, club racing with GTSC, skied on TC West JV and Varsity teams, club ski racing at college. 4th year coaching with the GTSC.
  • Enjoys theater and dance. Currently in Shrek the Musical down at the Old Town Playhouse.

Cori Klumpp
Cori Klumpp grew up in the Muskegon area and learned to ski during family trips to Sugarloaf!  She skied competitively in her high school club and was a membe of Ferris State’s club ski team.  Cori moved  to Traverse City in 2010 after graduating from Ferris State and works at Munson as a Registered Nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab.  She has coached GTSC Learn to Ski since 2014 and is USSA level 100 certified. Cori enjoys alpine and classic Nordic skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and son Owen (1.5 years).

Zach Mikowski

Suttons Bay MI

I started ski racing in 6th grade. I continued throughout my high school career and loved every minute of it. After High school I worked at Bavarian Village as a ski tech. Years later I started coaching with the Leelanau Ski club.

After a while I decided to head out west to live in the mountains and teach myself how to ski again. It was amazing! I recommend it to everyone who skis. After Living in CO I traveled the states in the winter time and continued to live in Leelanau for the summers. I had all but given up working in the ski industry when a friend phoned me saying he had a job for me. That call set in motion one of the most fantastic rides of my life, working with The US Ski Team. I worked as a Tech for the team for two seasons. It was fantastic. Traveling the globe and working with some of our nations now top skiers. Who knew working at Sugar Loaf would provide such a fun opportunity down the road.

Glad to be part of the amazing staff at GTSC

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